How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off This Christmas

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off This Christmas


“Peace on earth and goodwill toward men” was the angelic declaration made two thousand years ago when Jesus was born. Unfortunately, not enough people have heeded that message of reconciliation between God and man, choosing to perpetuate one scam or another, more so during the Christmas season. At least it seems that way.

Christmas cartFor even the most sainted shopper, being aware of what can possibly go wrong can go a long way toward preventing a scam from taking place. Let’s take a look at some of the seasonal scams and holiday rip offs of our day:

Fake Goods – Unless you know it is fake or a knock off, you could be taken for a ride if that Gucci, Louis Vuitton, or Chanel handbag isn’t the real thing. While a knock off may not be illegal, selling a product as the real thing is. Avoid online sites offering fake goods or “incredibly low deals” on originals. Likely, if the deal is too good to be true, then it isn’t.

Cyber Christmas Cards – You want to save time, money, and paper, so you decide to send electronic greeting cards to everyone on your list instead. Unfortunately, some cards have come with a nasty attachment, namely a worm or virus embedded in the file. Don’t let your Ho Ho Ho turn into Oh, No No! because you sent or received a card that contained a virus.

Fake Invoices – This problem isn’t seasonal in nature and has been around for some time. Still, when you’re busy with other matters, it is possible that a fake invoice will sneak through and be processed by your accounts payable department. Have your staff verify bills and if an address for a trusted vendor suddenly changes, pull out copies of older invoices and call the company with the older contact information to verify changes, if any.

False Friends – Social networking sites are prone to phishing attacks where scam artists attempt to friend or follow you, but with other motives in mind. Don’t be quick to associate with just anyone online; be leery if you’re asked to buy, sell, or use a product via a direct or private message from this person. Alert the social media site if you suspect a scam in the making.

Public Networks – Never order anything from a public computer or access stores online through a public wi-fi network. Thieves may be monitoring your transactions and web activity in a bid to steal your credit card number, passwords, or social security number.

More Scams

There are many more con jobs being pushed this holiday season so check out McAfee’s “The Twelve Scams of Christmas” to find what ones are rampant and how to avoid them.

Adv. – If you haven’t had your fill of Ho Ho Ho yet this Christmas season, the NBuy Shopping Plaza can help you make this holiday season the most festive one yet. Besides offering links to more than 5,000 stores, NBuy has excellent party planner ideas and tips on promoting good health. Updated throughout the year, you’ll want to bookmark the site for seasonal savings and event planning ideas.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".